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Shepherd Neame Best Bitter

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Formerly brewed at Shepherd Neame
Style: Bitter
Faversham, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Regular. Limited distribution; mostly replaced by Master Brew.
"Mellow brown, with a rich malt flavour and the distinctive tang of Target and Goldings hops".


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2000
A real palate pleaser, great nose and hop spicy finish, that is a treat to the taste buds. Excellent, a world class bitter!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (4825) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2004
Cask conditioned at The Spanish Galleon, Greenwich, London. Served at cellar temperature. Copper coloured, low head. Fruity aroma. Flavour is malty and nutty with a nice bitterness. Good beer!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
Copper coloured. Very hoppy, in the usual Shepherd Neame style, with an attendant assertive bitterness. Some balancing malt in the aroma and a hint of balancing sweetness on the palate. Finishes dry and clean. Vey well balanced and easy to drink (provided, that is, you like your beer wel-hopped). Handpump, Shepherd Neame brewery tap, April 2003.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2004
Cask Conditioned, at Ye Olde Red Cow, Smithfields, London.
Must have walked past this pub a thousand times and never thought to look in. Well, tonight was different, tonight I was being more thorough, slightly more desperate. After consulting the P900, the must have phone rater’s of beer, I moved in on this beer. Amber with a fine bone head. Lovely hoppy aroma, that smells like fresh hops when rubbed between your fingers. Soft smooth malt body which fills out the palate nicely. Very impressed with this bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2005
Wetherspoon october fest. Aroma is lightly citrus with malty bready notes. Taste is similar and is very easy going. A great session beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (13458) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2011
Cask @ Cockney pub. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich fruits, caramel, malt and hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonas (5484) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2002
Sherry color, sligthly malty but not much hop - I wasn’t overly exited, mayby there was something wrong with the cask.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bragesnak (5331) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2011
Cockney Pub, Aarhus, DK. Tap, 11022011. Amber with small white head. Aroma of malt and spices. Flavor with caramel and bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (9845) - DENMARK - FEB 18, 2011
Cask @ Cockney. Clear amber with medium off-white head. Flavour is malt, bitter, hops and fruit.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5123) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2004 Cask. Live. 4.1%
June, 2003: Mackland Arms, Rainham - a Shep’s pub. Pub is scruffy with torn bench seats, but the beer is crisp and refreshing, in excellent condition, and the landlord is cheerful. Best Bitter is hard to find these days, but it’s delicate fruit aroma and fragrant hop bite is a genuine delight. [3.4]
Dec, 2004: Mabel’s Tavern, Kings Cross - a Shep’s pub. A rare chance to try the Best and its replacement Master Brew side by side. The Best came over as a decent session bitter. Initially it seemed to lack the fresh hop bite and healthy whoosh of the Master Brew, giving off perhaps more malty notes; but by the end we got the beers confused and couldn’t tell them apart. London Xmas Crawl.[2.9]


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